- Romare Bearden’s “Patchwork Quilt”
This week, high fashion comes to Brooklyn, MoMA comes to Red Hook and we go to Mars and Mercury. Here are our must-do and must-see events for the week:
This Saturday, families are welcome to spend a cozy hour in the Brooklyn Public Library’s Dweck Center (10 Grand Army Plaza at Eastern Pkwy.) for a special reading of Dr. Seuss protégée P.D. Eastman’s most beloved book, Are You My Mother? The story follows a recently-hatched baby bird on his journey to find his mother and, of course, has a very happy ending.
If you’re looking for an entire day of activities for the kids, head to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (1000 Washington Ave. at Montgomery St.) for the first weekend of the garden’s Illuminated midwinter pop-up festival. Saturday’s theme is “Winter Lodge” and will include a pretend petting zoo for toddlers, storytelling and a lite-brite lounge to be followed by the First Annual Junior Masked Ball and Kid Cotillion. Sunday is dedicated to elders and their little ones: Grandparents and grandchildren are invited to go birdwatching, participate in vintage street games like box ball and enjoy short films from the mid-20th Century. Mark Russ Federman, of the Russ & Daughters clan, will drop by to talk about his new book Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built and sign a few copies. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
For one of our non-Brooklyn-based events, we’re going to MoMA PS1 (22-25 Jackson Ave. at 46th Ave., Queens) for their big Mike Kelley bash. The after hours party will celebrate the final month of the late artist’s highly celebrated exhibit before it closes on February 2. Some big names will be hosting including Chloë Sevigny, Kim Gordon, Larry Gagosian and Spike Jonze, but that’s where the details end. Still, the whole affair sounds like a good time. Tickets can be purchased online.
If you’ve never been one to let a little frigid weather deter you from enjoying BBQ and discounted goods, then bundle up and head to the new Greenpoint location of the Triskelion Art Center (106 Calyer St. nr. Banker St.) for a Saturday afternoon full of both those things. As we mentioned on thelmagazine.com, “There’s going to be tons of stuff to peruse—from clothes to household goods—and plenty of good eats, including ribs, mac & cheese, and salad from The Meatball Shop, all with low, suggested donation prices.” Need we say more?
The Museum of Modern Art is crossing the East River to discuss their collection of African-American art at the Red Hook Recreation Center (155 Bay St. at. Clinton St.). MoMA educator, Kristin Broussard, will lean an interactive talk on contemporary and modern African-American artists including Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence and Kara Walker (who is currently preping for a massive show at the Domino Sugar Refinery). Seating is limited so would-be attendees are encouraged to RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 718-965-8968.